Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sarah Kiskaddon Joins AAHRPP

Sarah Kiskaddon has recently joined AAHRPP as the Director of Business Development, Communications, and Public Relations. “It’s an amazing opportunity to get involved encouraging research sites worldwide to strengthen their human research protection programs and get accredited,” said Kiskaddon. “The growth in interest from international sites is really under way.”

Kiskaddon, an attorney, comes to AAHRPP with more than 15 years of experience leading human subject protection programs. “Since I have spent most of my career at an academic medical center, ‘in the trenches,’ I understand what motivates HRPP directors to go through the accreditation process,” she said. “What I found was that the enhancements I wanted to make to our program met with less institutional resistance when I could demonstrate that they would help us meet AAHRPP’s standards.”

Kiskaddon has also been a site visitor for AAHRPP for several years, so she has seen the process from both sides. She considers “improving the experience for research participants and promoting the public trust in the research enterprise” as goals for all. “The evaluation and accreditation process is one important tool for doing that,” she said. “I’m looking forward to making my contribution to that effort.”

Click here to read Sarah Kiskaddon’s biosketch.

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